This is mostly a dance club. It is not so big but there is usually enough place to move. However, there are limited number of places to sit.
During the weekend can be quite crowded and sometimes also during the weekdays. It becomes busy around midnight. During the week there is karaoke quite often and the dance floor is opened after 11 pm.
The interior is mostly redisigned and even the etrance recently. There is a seperate room for smokers only.
If u are down for really good hard polish electronic music,Lustro is the place to be.It is located in an old ***ed up building,from thursday to sunday night it is open constantly!!! a great place for an real hard after hour...!Crowd is a mixture with chicks on speed,criminals on xtc,dealers on coke.Its definetly not a place for clear minds or people who are afraid of bad guys.All others...Enjoy!!!
Dress Code: if u are still able to walk they let u in,when u come out u usually cant walk anymore...
The best nightlife I experienced in Warsaw was probably in Pub Lolek in January, 2006 (on Saturday/Sunday night). Thanks to great company of my wife and four VT-firends :-) but also thanks to the magical place of Pub Lolek I described (design + food) in my restaurant tip. It's a busy place in the evening/night, so better make a reservation (call them) especially for Friday and Saturday evening.
Let me say about atmosphere of Pub Lolek, people who come there and their crazy dances ;-). Most folks who came were at their 20' (most of them should speak English!), some at 30' and few older. Tables under a tent (main hall with a stage for musicians and floor for dancing) are for 10 people each while there are a bit smaller tables in smaller bar hall ---> if you come alone you will be seated with other folks :-). Most (all?) young people came in groups of friends, some to celebrate birthday. The most important is the 18th birthday in Poland ---> you become adult by law that day and, among others, you may drink legally alcohol since that day. To lower cost, usually a few school friends give one party in inexpensive restaurant/pub like just Pub Lolek. I didn't see the pub staff checking ID of youths before selling spirits but they may and may not let you in if you are under 18 years old.
Musicians start to play daily at 8 pm except on Friday (8.30 pm) and Sunday (7.00 pm) and most folks come around that time. It took some time the first braves started to dance. But soon the floor was full of dancing people, more and more crazy dancing including VT-gang dancing :-). More about music in my nightlife tip "Music in Warsaw."
Dress Code: Casual, comfortable, pretty young dress code.
This tip is not about a single place but about a few restaurants and pubs where my ears enjoyed hearing various music Each of these places is desribed in details in my restaurants tips..
PUB LOLEK (desribed in previous tip as well)
Musicians start to play daily at 8 pm except on Friday (8.30 pm) and Sunday (7.00 pm). Sunday is for jazz. On other days usually various pop/rock bands play. Check up-to-date Pub Lolek music events
Our band (four young guys) played and sang hits of various pop/rock stars including my favourite U2 :-). It took some time the first braves started to dance. But soon the floor was full of dancing people, more and more crazy dancing including VT-gang dancing :-).
U PANA MICHALA
Charming pub in a cellar, amusing place to invite or meet friends and hear beautiful music played and sang by Polish musicians (from 8 pm; reservation recommended):
- on Thursday: Roman Roczen, Polish bard singing amonf others sea shanties, Polish poetry and tourist songs - look here
- on Friday: Slawek Kostecki - great guitar, sea chanties and I once had a lot of fan :-)
- on Saturday: Marek Pieczara (blues, jazz, pop), he was the only musisian giving support to legendary English pop music singer Joe Cocker during his concert in Wroclaw, Poland in 2002.
The three musicians (accordion, violin and cello) changed numerous rooms of huge restaurant and played folk and dance folk music. Certainly the VT-gang despite shortage of space had some crazy dances :-).
Go to fairy-like pub hidden in magical cellar in a courtyard basement. Music played by DJ included most pop/rock hits of that time. Some songs were sang loudly by a company celebrated birthday.
Dress Code: FANCY RESTAURANTS
Bazyliszek, Dom Restauracyjny Gessler (go downstairs to Karczma Gessler, a traditional country inn, set up in amazing labyrinthine vaulted cellars), Puszkin hire musicians who play mainly folk or folk dance music. I liked them in Karczma Gessler (the best atmosphere there).
There was probably closed party with music live for some VIPs in Column Bar in 5-star Le Royal Meridien Bristol Hotel at Sat/Sun night but we didn't join it. I saw the face of one top Polish politician there and I... almost wanted to change the hotel :-).
In pubs casual, comfortable, pretty young dress code. In restaurants as well, except the famcy ones - more formal dress, rather no trainers but a tie and suit is nowhere obligatory.
This tip is not about a single place but about hard drinks or coctails I had in a few pubs/restaurants in Warsaw.
Warsaw pubs as well as some restaurants offer usually good variety of hard spirits especially Polish quality vodkas and usually limited choice of well-known coctails. Poland with over 60 brands of vodka (list here) is one of the world's largest producer of quality vodka and in not so old past was one of top consumer of vodka as well. Now beer is more popular, especially among younger generation. But let me quote Pablo Picasso: "The three most astonishing things in the past half-century have been the blues, cubism and Polish vodka..." Haha, had Picasso alcohol problem?
You should read my warning tips on Polish hard drinks and, if it's not problem for you, I have a few recommendations (for adventerous folks only :-):
1. Zubrowka - Polish traditional bison vodka (Bison Grass Vodka). It's a brand of dry herb-flavoured vodka distilled from potatoes. It's mixed with a tincture made of Hierochloe odorata, often called bison grass as referring to common wrong belief this grass was favourite one for European bison (wisent; Bison bonasus) which still lives exclusively in Poland and borderland of Belarus. It's a strong spirit, but goes quite well with thick peach juice and ice cubes surely in a company of good friends :-).
2. Polish popular short drink (wsciekly pies) called in English mad dog, furious dog or rabid dog. It depends on creativity of the interpreter. l like furious dog. It consists of vodka, raspberry syrup, tabasco. Its variation (creme de cassis instead of raspberry syrup) is called mad/furious/rabid poodle.
Dress Code: 3. Chopin vodka is the only luxury potato vodka (usually considered an inferior category of vodka) in the world, 4 times distilled from organic potatoes grown in the Polish region of Podlasie (Eastern Poland). Great for coctails and mixed drinks.
4. Krupnik is a traditional sweet Polish honey vodka, similar to liqueurs (but aged), based on grain spirit and honey, popular in Poland and Lithuania. It consists of 40%-50% (80-100 proof) alcohol, honey and up to 50 different herbs - such drinks are called "nalewka." The name nalewka is currently being registered for national apellation within the European Union. Contrary to ordinary liqueurs, nalewkas are usually aged. Warning: krupnik is also the Polish name of a barley soup.
5. Polish wisniowka, sometimes called in English Cherry Cordial is another type of "nalewka", the one with cherries and usually some 35% alcohol. It's aged about 2 months and served at room temperature in liqueur glasses often with coffee and desserts.
6. "Miod pitny" which means "drinkable honey" is in fact mead - a fermented alcoholic beverage made of honey, water, and yeast, popular among Polish and Lithuanian nobility in the past. It's served either cold or better warm. There are many brands of Polish "miod pitny" from light ones to quite strong (called royal).
40 ml of zubrowka, krupnik or wisniowka as well as furious dog cost usually some 10 - 14 zl (2.6 - 3.7 euros). Miod pitny cost some 8 - 10 zl per 125/150 ml. Chopin vodka some 16 - 20 zl per 40 ml.
If you come alone or just need a company in Warsaw the best option, I guess, is first to stay in a busy hostel where a lot of travelers from all over world stay - for example in Oki Doki (details in my hotel tip).
In the evening I'd think over some nightclubs with discos, but I haven't been there for years... As for restaurants/pubs with friendly, amusing atmosphere, some music + dance, when people after some time tend to mix, I would think about:
1. Pub Viking in Fisherman restaurant,
2. Pub Lolek,
3. cellar of U Pana Michala restaurant/pub,
4. Chimera pub in a cellar.
Each place is different and is described in my restaurant tips. Most people go there in groups of friends. Warning: all above mentioned places are crowded in Friday and Saturday evening. So do call them and made a reservation at least for Friday and Saturday evening or come very early (at 6-7 pm).
Dress Code: In pubs casual, comfortable, dress. In nightclubs something more trendy, I guess.
A city cocktail bar, often crowed with mix of local, expat and tourists.
Good spot to begin the night safari with very efficient service and a great range of tasteful cocktails.
Just in the front of Labo and Klub Zoo.
Dress Code: Smart casual
I nearly though it was the HQ of Austin Power… with all these retro chic decorations. I went there on a Thursday night, no special athmosphere. I heard that during the week-end this place seems to be more lively with soul and house music.
Dress Code: Be funky...
I read in my guide that it used to be the best place in Warsaw. So I went there on a Friday night fever. When the taxi went on a remote street and stop in the front of a door with red light spot and some people hangong around I thought in what trap I will get ? When I get inside I was happy to see two large dance floors with different music style, a open-air garden, a third floor upstairs and some more beside rooms with sofa to chat more comfortable. Larges bars offer quick and efficient services. The local fauna seems to be younger (18-30 y. old) than Klub Zoo and mainly composed by polish students.
Admission 25 PLZ
Warsaw has a few Irish Pubs. One of them is just called Irlandzki Pub and offers live music every night. When I was there on a Monday night they had Polish Karaoke, which was quite funny and interesting, even though I didn't understand a word.
Another Irish Pub in Warsaw is Morgan's. It has two rooms and a bar with wooden furniture. Most football matches and other sport events are shown on TV (SkySports). Beers on tap are both local Polish beers and Irish beers.
OK, so "Irish Pub" isn't exactly the most original name for an Irish pub. And there's really nothing about this place that distinguishes it from any of the countless other generic looking self-styled Irish pubs you'll find all over the world, though I'll concede that it's better than Bennigan's. Besides, you're in Poland for god's sake, so what are you doing in an Irish pub in the first place? I got dragged in here by the group of people I was with, but we didn't stay long. We had a much better time at the non-theme clubs and bars around the city. Still, this place is conveniently located near the city center and I was surprised by how few places there are in that part of the city to get a drink.
Klub 55 is a great club situated right in the center of Warsaw in the Palace of Culture itself. Many people love it, because it provides good alternative music (electro, breakbeat, hiphop, drum'n'bass,...). The Athmosphere is great as well and the people are very relaxed and fun!
Dress Code: No dresscode, be yourself!
It's one of the hotspots of Warsaw with great music and the athmosphere is just great. The entrance to the club takes you past the wardrobe and then you get to the two main dancefloors through coridors of white neon light little rooms.
Dress Code: No Jeans, No Sneakers, Heels for girls, Dark Shoes and Shirt required for guys.
Klinika music club is sittuated in old russian millitary fort in Mokotów (Warsaw).
Club looks very nice, and it have brilliant atmosphere. I was there few times. On fridays and saturdays they are playing music from '80, '90, disco, funky. In the middle of the week tou can listen live music.
Club is quite cheap (eg beer cost 7 zloty's)
By bus its about 10 minutes from city centre
Dress Code: I don't heard about any exceptions